If you're reading this blog post with Internet Explorer you might want to consider a shift to Camino or Opera.
According to research by AptiQuant, Internet Explorer users have a lower than average IQ. The study gave web surfers an IQ test, then plotted their scores against the browser they used. The results suggested that Internet Explorer surfers had an average IQ in the low eighties. Chrome, Firefox and Safari rated over 100, while minority browsers Opera and Camino had an "exceptionally higher" score of over 120.
Sam's IQ likely to be 100+
Implausible? I don't know. But if you're still running this site on IE, this might give you some comfort: AptiQuant's CEO Howard stressed that using IE doesn't mean you have low intelligence. "What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer".
Today, the third part in a series of four called "Everything is a Remix" by Kirby Ferguson has been released. I've been following the first parts as well, and it is a very nicely done little collection of ideas revolving around creativity, the creation process, copyright and how many things we know and use today are a remix rather than a piece of original work. Good food for thought!
Here's part two and one:
This is for our Swiss readers (and all other who understand (Swiss) German): Since March already, there is a Podcast called BananaPolitics revolving around Swiss Politics and the Web. The weekly series has been initiated by Moritz Zumbühl of the Feinheit agency and Andreas Amsler of Politnetz, they are joined by the regulars Lorenz and Katharina as well as other guests. If you are interested in Swiss Politics, this is a witty and intelligent Podcast about who does what during their campaign and how the candidates and the parties are harnessing the tools of the Web.
As providers of the Amazee platform, in the past we have come into close contact with two of the Co-Working initiatives in Zurich, the Betahaus Zurich and the Hub Zurich crew. Having an open office culture at Amazee Labs, we are always interested in new ways of working, networking and collaborating.
Now the leftist German Weekly Jungle World has dedicated its most recent issue to Co-Working, with four rather interesting articles on the topic. They are thought-provoking and of course politically biased, but I found they are interesting reads nonetheless (in German, however).
What are your thoughts on the Co-Working culture?
Here's some food for thought (combined with the latest numbers on Facebook): What would you do if Facebook didn't exist? – I must admit, I'd be in trouble. I am relying so much on it in my daily life, I couldn't imagine going without the old FB. What would you miss most if Facebook were not around any more?
I am back in Berlin for the re:publica XI conference, for another round of exciting exchange of ideas and, networking with other Webster mates.
This year, it seems that there is a strong focus on political and societal shifts induced by Digital Media. After a keynote on Design Thinking (Design is too important to leave it to Designers!) which called for a strong focus on a human(istic), sensible interaction design, the sessions I saw were very much about what happened in the Arab World over the last months and how citizen-made media has changed the game of news broadcasting.
Gabriella Coleman of the NYU retraced Anonymus' origins on the 4Chan network and stressed that over the years there has been a shift from a massive trolling movement ("The offensive Internet") to a serious challenger of what the activists behind Anonymous perceive as evil institutions.
Another interesting panel entitled "Modern revolutions are digital revolutions" discussed the shifts in the Arab World and tried to draw parallels to civil society movements towards political change in Sub-Sahara Africa. Ludger Schadomsky of Deutsche Welle argued that Social Media's role in the Arab revolution(s) must not be overemphasized, as Al Jazeera has probably played a more pivotal role. Hence, traditional media (as well as telecommunications providers) will still be a target of dictatorial governments when it comes to exercising control over communications channels. – Also the panelists argued that there is still a pivotal lack of civil society in Sub-Sahara African countries that prevents widespread, sustainable political change towards more democracy.
Solana Larsen of Global Voices then spoke about media consumption and how mass media fails to cover developments in world politics that are happening in non-Western countries time and again. Global Voices tries to keep track of things happening in the regions of the World which are not regularly highlighted by global news coverage. For example, Global Voices bloggers from the respective regions have writing about the developments in Tunisia or the Ivory Coast, long before mainstream media have picked up on the events unfolding. Next up, according to Solana is Gabon.
Tomorrow, more of the same.
You can say what you want about Google, but they have their CSR responsibilities set right! A good and thought-provoking talk by Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google's earliest engineers about what makes employees truly happy and how your company can benefit from helping others.
No, we are not moving to the US (although we are moving, but more on that next week), but we just received some pictures we need to share with you. In these images here you see one Bill Cornelius, father of our newest team addition, Kathryn, on the Cornelius family ranch in Markham, Texas. He is on a horse, and he is looking good in one of our Amazee Labs t-shirts. This must be the farthest one of our fine pieces of garment has travelled from Zurich. Thanks, Bill, for wearing it, hope you like it!